Should Your Business Use Facebook Wi-Fi?


Small-business owners know that a strong social media presence drives business, but building a following and keeping it growing require effort. Facebook Wi-Fi not only gives your customers an easy way to get online via your Wi-Fi network while they patronize your business, it also brings exposure to your Facebook fan page with very little [...]
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11 Air Travel Tips From the Pros

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With late flights, crowded airports, and lack of legroom, flying isn’t always a pleasant experience. But if you know the tricks of the pros, life at 30,000 feet can be much less stressful. We asked businesspeople who spend much of their workweek flying to share their best tips for easier air travel. 1. Spacepak -- [...]
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SBA 7(a) Loans Explained

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Looking loan for your small business? The U.S. Small Business Administration has programs for qualifying small-business owners that might make securing a loan a lot easier. The most common of these SBA loan programs is the 7(a). Here’s what you need to know about them. What is a 7(a) Loan? A 7(a) loan doesn’t come [...]
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How to Deduct Charitable Contributions Made by Your Small Business

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Giving to charity is easy, and can be a great marketing tool. But claiming donations on your taxes is more complicated. If you want to claim a business tax deduction for your charitable giving, you’ll need to do some planning before writing the check. Find a Qualified Charity If you want a tax benefit from your [...]

Free Marketing on Facebook Is Dead. What Now?


If you’re not paying for Facebook advertising, all that work you put into building a Facebook fan base on your company page is most likely not reaping the returns it once did. In 2012, Facebook said in a blog post that about 16 percent of a business’s fans saw its new content. “Organic reach” (the [...]

How to Identify and Train Future Managers


While your business is in startup mode, your management “team” may consist of only one person: you. But as the company gains momentum, you’ll likely reach a point where you’ll have to relinquish control and trust someone else to oversee day-to-day operations. Otherwise, you’ll never have time to focus on growing the business. So, how [...]

How to Protect Your Small Business From the Heartbleed Bug


The Heartbleed Internet security bug has a scary name, but how does it affect you as a small business owner? Here’s what you should know about Heartbleed — and what you can do to protect yourself and your business. 1. What is Heartbleed? Engineers at Google discovered the the flaw and announced it to the [...]

Coming Soon: New Design for Facebook Pages


If you haven’t received a notification already, you will: Facebook announced in a recent blog post that big changes are afoot for the layout of business pages. The move has implications for small-business owners who use Facebook as part of their social media strategy. Facebook on March 10 announced that it would begin rolling out [...]